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Jourdain confirmed for Indy 500 bid

Jourdain will be teaming up with RLL's regular driver Takuma Sato for the Indy 500, and took encouragement from the excellent form that the Japanese former F1 competitor had displayed at Long Beach before getting spun out by Ryan Hunter-Reay in the final laps.

"With the showings Takuma had in the beginning of the season and the team's history at the Indy 500, I know we can have a strong month of May," agreed Jourdain. "My best years professionally came with Bobby Rahal."

The confirmation that Jourdain will take RLL's second Indy 500 seat means that 2011 GP2 Series runner-up Luca Filippi will have to wait even longer for his IZOD IndyCar Series début.

It's understood that there have been problems with the hoped-for sponsorship backing for Filippi. While clearly disappointed to miss out on participating in one of the biggest motor races in the world, Filippi might benefit from the delay if it means his eventual début in IndyCar comes at a more familiar street or road course environment.

Rahal said that the team is continuing to work at bringing Filippi into the team at some point: "Whether that' going to be in time for Indy, I can't tell you," he added.




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Team owner Bobby Rahal on the pit wall at Barber Motorsports Park [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
The start of the 2011 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29. [Picture credit: Larry Seidman for IndyCar Media]
Michael Jourdain Jr on pit road (Photo Credit: Padraic Major/NASCAR)
Mikhail Aleshin waits on pitlane prior to practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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Carlos Huertas waits on pitlane prior to the start (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon rolls out of pitlane during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz with a champagne surprise (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway celebrating his victory (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway celebrates victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway celebrates victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway in action in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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